Taboo definition

tăbo͝o, tə-
Excluded or forbidden from use, approach, or mention.

A taboo subject.

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A ban or inhibition resulting from social custom or emotional aversion.
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Sacred and prohibited by taboo.
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To put under taboo.
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Prohibited or forbidden by tradition, convention, etc.
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Restricted by taboo.
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To prohibit or forbid because of tradition, convention, etc.
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A taboo is defined as a restriction or something not allowed by a culture.

An example of a taboo in some cultures is a man marrying a woman of another race.

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To exclude from use, approach, or mention; place under taboo.
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The definition of taboo is something prohibited, forbidden or restricted.

An example of taboo is alcohol which is drunk while pregnant.

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A prohibition, especially in Polynesia and other South Pacific islands, excluding something from use, approach, or mention because of its sacred and inviolable nature.
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An object, word, or act protected by such a prohibition.
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Among some Polynesian peoples, a sacred prohibition put upon certain people, things, or acts which makes them untouchable, unmentionable, etc.
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Any social prohibition or restriction that results from convention or tradition.
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(linguis.) The substitution of one word or phrase for another because of such restriction.
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An inhibition or ban that results from social custom or emotional aversion.
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(in Polynesia) Something which may not be used, approached or mentioned because it is sacred.
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Excluded or forbidden from use, approach or mention.

Incest is a taboo subject in most soap operas.

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Culturally forbidden.
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To mark as taboo.
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To ban.
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To avoid.
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The highly developed system or practice of such prohibitions.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of taboo - tapu, tabu

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
taboo
Plural:
taboos

Origin of taboo

  • Tongan tabu under prohibition from Proto-Polynesian tapu

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Tongan tapu (“prohibited"). The word entered English around 1777. Ultimately from Proto-Polynesian *tapu.

    From Wiktionary